Consider thy composure, for composure of thought will become the cause of one’s confirmations in the services. If thou has not composure of mind in Chicago, undoubtedly thou wouldst be more confirmed in service in New York; but, if thy mind is at peace in Chicago, it is better to stay there for perchance difficulties may arise in New York and then thou wouldst not have composure of mind. Thou must first think of thy tranquillity.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Star of the West, 7 February 1917, p.187)
God willing thou mayest experience joy and radiance, gladness and exultation in any city or land where thou mayest happen to sojourn.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 175)
In the early days of Our arrival in this land, when We discerned the signs of impending events, We decided, ere they happened, to retire. We betook Ourselves to the wilderness, and there, separated and alone, led for two years a life of complete solitude. From Our eyes there rained tears of anguish, and in Our bleeding heart there surged an ocean of agonizing pain. Many a night We had no food for sustenance, and many a day our body found no rest … for in Our solitude We were unaware of the harm or benefit, the health or ailment, of any soul. Alone, We communed with Our spirit, oblivious of the world and all that is therein.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Íqán, pp. 250-251)
O Son of Man! Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 40)
When a man has found the joy of life in one place, he returns to that same spot to find more joy. When a man has found gold in a mine, he returns again to that mine to dig for more gold. This shows the internal force and natural instinct which God has given to man, and the power of vital energy which is born in him.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 33)